The destructor beam of science fiction may finally be a reality with Russia developing a radio-electronic weapons system that disables on-board equipment on aerial targets, media reported. Harnessing physical principles — beam, wave and kinetic energy, the yet unrivalled weapons system was unveiled at the closed Russian Defence Ministry exhibition on the sidelines of the Army-2016 forum last month, Russia’s United Instrument Manufacturing Corporation said.
“Real models of these weapons have been already developed and have proved their effectiveness. This is a completely new type of weapon that has no equal either in this country or in the world,” a UIMC spokesperson told Russian news agency RIA Novosti on Thursday.
The UIMC spokesperson explained that the new weapons system uses a directed energy beam to disable ‘on board equipment’ on aerial targets to neutralise them.
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“It has an indirect physical impact on air-borne equipment of planes and UAVs, and neutralises high-precision weapons,” he added.